American Sideshow

Author: Marc Hartzman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781585425303
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Profiles some two hundred lesser-known figures from the heyday of the American sideshow, tracing the lives of such individuals as legless acrobat Eli Bowen, four-legged woman Myrtle Corbin, and "human torso" Prince Randian, in an account of the rise and fall of sideshows and how advances in modern medicine have enabled voluntary body changes. Reprint.

Carny Folk

Author: Francine Homberger
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806526614
Size: 41.88 MB
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The general public has been fascinated by 'Human Oddities' for centuries. This insatiable curiosity continues right through to today where this fascination can be sated by Carny Folk. In this book readers can discover people like Atasha the Gorilla Girl, Combustible Kira, Otis the Frog Boy and over forty other legendary sideshow acts. From PT Barnum's albinos and 'Siamese twins' to the new generation of 'carny kids', this captivating anthology pulls back the curtain on many of the most famous side show celebrities of all time.

Circus And Carnival Ballyhoo

Author: A. W. Stencell
Publisher: E C W Press
ISBN: 9781550228809
Size: 36.20 MB
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From Lentini the three-legged man and Siamese twins to equipment caravans and big top architects, this captivating collection lifts the striped curtain to reveal the larger-than-life world of circuses, carnivals, and freak shows in post-World War II America. Copious never-before-seen photographs, in-depth historical research, and insightful interviews with former sideshow employees illustrate the development of the circus sideshow, the roles of key groups—the freaks, working acts, managers, talkers—and the importance of the grift.

Freak Show

Author: Carl Hammer
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
ISBN: 9780811807074
Size: 40.74 MB
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Step right up! The show's about to begin with this mesmerizing, full color collection of outrageous banners from the heyday of traveling circus sideshows. See the giant Alaskan king crab! Marvel at the Bearded Lady! Look, if you dare, at the Dog-Faced Boy! Watch the Woman Changing to Stone! Circus sideshows from the turn of the century through the 1950s boasted unbelievable "freaks of nature," incredible transformations, and death defying acts—and the brazen banners that drew in the crowds were as colorful and intriguing as the lurid attractions themselves. For collectors and nostalgia buffs, as well as the merely curious, Freak Show celebrates this unique American commercial folk art phenomenon with vivid photographs of authentic banners highlighting the genre's most memorable examples, the artists who created them, and the unusual people and bizarre creatures they immortalized.

The Greatest Shows On Earth

Author: Linda Simon
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780233981
Size: 36.80 MB
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“Step right up!” and buy a ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth—the Big Top, containing death-defying stunts, dancing bears, roaring tigers, and trumpeting elephants. The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the exotic, the improbable and the impossible—a place of myth and romance, of reinvention, rebirth, second acts, and new identities. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes, ride bareback on spangled horses, and parade through the streets in costumes of glitter and gold, this captivating book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim it has on the imaginations of artists, writers, and people around the world. Traveling back to the circus’s early days, Linda Simon takes us to eighteenth-century hippodromes in Great Britain and intimate one-ring circuses in nineteenth-century Paris, where Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso became enchanted with aerialists and clowns. She introduces us to P. T. Barnum, James Bailey, and the enterprising Ringling Brothers and reveals how they created the golden age of American circuses. Moving forward to the whimsical Circus Oz in Australia and to New York City’s Big Apple Circus and the grand spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, she shows how the circus has transformed in recent years. At the center of the story are the people—trick riders and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and animal trainers, contortionists and clowns—that created the sensational, raucous, and sometimes titillating world of the circus. Beautifully illustrated and filled with rich historical detail and colorful anecdotes, The Greatest Shows on Earth is a vibrant history for all those who have ever dreamed of running away to the circus.

Human Oddities

Author: Martin Monestier
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780806510217
Size: 61.92 MB
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Freaks

Author: Daniel P Mannix
Publisher: eNet Press
ISBN: 1618867571
Size: 14.20 MB
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A noir classic about the era of the sideshow when freaks were the star attraction — respected and revered by other carnival members. Their stories are frankly and tenderly told by an author who lived and worked as a carny.

Sideshow U S A

Author: Rachel Adams
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226005393
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Adams's study concludes with a revealing look at the revival of the freak show as live performance in the late 1980s and the 1990s. Celebrated by some, the freak show's recent return is less welcome to those who have traditionally been its victims. At the beginning of a new century, Adams sees it as a form of living history, a testament to the vibrancy and inventiveness of American popular culture, as well as its capacity for cruelty and injustice.

Freak Show

Author: Robert Bogdan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226063126
Size: 71.81 MB
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Traces the history of freak shows, describes the deceptions used in marketing carnival attractions, and looks at changing public attitudes

Wild Weird And Wonderful

Author: Mark Sloan
Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press& the Mill rd
ISBN: 9780971454842
Size: 75.87 MB
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Remarkable period photographs by F. W. Glasier capture the colorful world of the Big Top in early twentieth-century America, portraying an array of parades, tent raisings, circus spectaculars, and the everyday lives of the performers.